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    Check out the new addition to my coop! It's a coop porch! *pics*

    So, I have too many chickens for my coop and run size. Se we got creative and added some space without actually making the run larger. Our coop is 3x4 with 6 feet of roost space and 2 nest boxes and the run is now 8x8 with a 3x4 porch. Also lots of perches in the run that they LOVE! We have 6 16...
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    A tribute to Feetsie the hawk survivor!

    Feetsie narrowly escaped a hawk today. Here is the thread about what happened- https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=578697 And now Feetsie would like to tell you her horrifying tale in her own words- Click the pic to view the slide show OR view the pics below.
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    OH MY GOD! A hawk just tried to get my chicken right in front of me!!!

    I am shaking from head to toe because of what just happened! A hawk went after my chicken while I was about 6 feet way!!! Here is what happened- I was outside with my six 16 week old chickens. I had let them out to play for a while while I walked around with them carrying my hawk stick. They...
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    My future father in law met our chickens today... Tragic tale inside.

    I have a story for you guys. Today my fiance's dad came to visit. He has been SO excited to see the chickens. He asks about them every time he calls. After all my fiances bragging about how wonderful they are who wouldn't? So, I let the chickies out in the backyard while he was here. He fed...
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    Exposing kids to butchering. Please take a second to weigh in.

    I'll keep this short and simple. I am going to buy a meat bird and have my 2 step daughters involved in the raising butchering and cooking. I think it is important that at least once in their lives they see where food comes from. I think it's important for a lot of reasons. My question is...
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    My chicks wont eat their feed...

    I have eight 5 week olds and one 8 week old. They are not eating their medicated starter. They live outside in my coop. Here is some background info. I have been feeding them out of the same 50lb bag of food since I got them. About 3 days ago I noticed they weren't going through as much...
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    Please help me find a Bantam Frizzled Cochin in Florida!!! ASAP!

    EDITED FOR CHANGES IN PLANS! I am going on a mini road trip tomorrow to the Orlando FL area and I would like to pick up a chicken or 2 while we are there. I want a buff colored frizzle pullet of some sort. It can be other colors if we cannot find buff. I can spend more than a few bucks but I'm...
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    Happy Birthday Chickies! 1 Month Old Today! *new pics post #7*

    My BLR wyandotte chicks turned 1 month old today! Here is the thread with pics of them at 3 days old- https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=521297 And here they are now- This is Elle Woods(the kids favorite) looking awfully roostery for only 4 weeks old! Check out the...
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    Been fighting cocci for 6 days! Please help my chicks and I!

    My chicks are 3 1/2 weeks old. I have had them since they were 3 days. They have been on medicated food since I got them. I have been taking them outside to play about 3 times a week since I got them. Last Friday evening I noticed the smell of death on my chicks poop. Within an hour their poop...
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    Pullets or Cockerels? BLRWs. Please help out a first timer.

    These are my first ever chickens and I need some help sexing them. These 5 birds are 6-7 weeks old. I have organized my pics and there are a lot of them. First I will post each individual bird, then group shots with each bird numbered. I want to get opinions of sex just based on photos then I...
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    Deformed chicks. Need information and advice please.

    I am absolutely infuriated. This is going to be a long post so I am sorry for that in advance. I have been hesitant about posting anything about this experience at all but after yesterdays events I don't feel like I have a choice as I really need help! I am a first time chicken owner. I...
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    Total chick pic overload!

    These are my first chickens! These little dudes arrived Wednesday. They are 3 days old.
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    Sweet PDZ mixed with sand in the brooder.

    I am raising my chicks in my new hen house. The bedding in the hen house is about 2.5" of sand. I bought Sweet PDZ to mix with the sand to keep it nice and dry. I just wanted to ask if the Sweet PDZ will hurt my chicks. It seems like there would be no way to keep them from eating a grain or two...
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    My new coop is almost done! Pictures inside!

    I am a total newb to chickens! I'm getting 12 BLRW chicks sometime between June 7th and June 14th! I had to buy a minimum number of straight run chicks in order to get 3 hens. So this coop is for 3 hens. My fiance has been building me this new coop for about 2 weeks now. The hen house is...
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    I'm raising my chicks outside. What medications should I keep on hand?

    I am going to raise my chicks outside in my new hen house and I plan to let them out in the run to play often from a few days old. Just like a mother hen would do. I would like to just go ahead and buy all the medications that I could possibly need! I live kinda far out of town and the last...
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    *resolved* Thanks everyone!

    *edit* - With temps in the 90s we reached an agreement that a lower wattage bulb at night is ok! Yay! Our coop and run are almost complete and we have WAY overspent on this whole chicken business. So last night we are at tractor supply getting chick supplies and my fiance FREAKS out over the...
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    Question about what kind of "chicken wire" to use?

    I have been searching for a reasonable price for hardware cloth after reading all the warnings about regular chicken wire, man is it expensive!!! I found an alternative that is less expensive can I use it? It's called, 1-Inch Mesh 20-Gauge Hexagonal Poultry Netting. My main predators are...
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    Why can't I "brood" my chicks in the henhouse?

    I'm in sunny FL and my new hen house is almost done. It measures 3'x4' with a slanted roof. The door to the run closes so why can't I add a heat lamp and brood my chicks in the hen house? I'm assuming you can't do this because I haven't seen anyone else doing it. It seems like the hen house is...
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    Newb in NE florida!

    Hi everyone! I'm new here and I can't wait to get my new chickens! We are planning on starting our coop in two weeks! I'm planning on 3 hens. 3 different colors of wyandottes. I'm trying to remember the questions I'm suppose to answer... We also have 3 cats. 2 tuxedos and an orange tabby, in...
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